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Half term and Halloween things to do with the kids across Kent 2019

Looking for something to keep your little horrors busy this half term and Halloween? Here's what's happening across the county up to the big day

DAY-OF-THE-DEAD, ASHFORD

LoveAshford's Day of the Dead festivities are coming
LoveAshford's Day of the Dead festivities are coming

Loveashford’s Day-Of-The-Dead Halloween event brings plenty of fun to the town centre on Saturday, October 26, from 11am to 6pm. Collect a free Halloween trail map from The Glass House; complete the route, collecting letters to spell out a secret message to claim a prize. From noon to 4pm there will be face painting and crafts in Park Mall, and at Elwick Place from 2pm kids can create their own Trick-Or-Treat Bag with Made in Ashford. Listen to iconic tunes from Disney’s Coco performed by a live acoustic guitarist and see a Harry Potter Flash Mob. Spooky stilt walkers will be out and about and there'll be music on the bandstand organised by Revelation Ashford.

HALLOWEEN MAGIC, LULLINGSTONE CASTLE

There will be pumpkin carving, spooky house and garden tours and even some Halloween-inspired light bites in the cafe marquee at Lullingstone Castle near Eynsford for the last day of the season on Sunday, October 27. Activities run from noon to 7pm and there will be a dusk tour at 5pm when children can spot tricks in the torchlight. Entry is £10 with under 15s free. Details at lullingstonecastle.co.uk

Halloween happenings at Lullingstone Castle
Halloween happenings at Lullingstone Castle

FRIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, THE BEANEY, CANTERBURY

There'll be a family Halloween trail running throughout half term at the Canterbury museum which is themed around the fundraiser on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, Mother Crawe and the Crow's Curse. Discover the story of 'the witch' Mother Crawe, explore the museum with her feathered friends and help lift the Crow's Curse. The fundraiser will be on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 between 10am and 5pm. There will be pumpkin carving and potion making as well as prizes for the best fancy dress and themed refreshments. Find out more at thebeaney.co.uk

Lift the Crow's Curse at the Beaney, Canterbury
Lift the Crow's Curse at the Beaney, Canterbury

MONSTER ACADEMY, LEEDS CASTLE, MAIDSTONE

Monstrous fun is on offer at the castle near Maidstone until Sunday, October 27. Young visitors can explore the castle grounds and complete spooky classes, winning stamps from each to graduate from the academy. There will also be a spooky trail through the grounds and daily ghoulish games and a fancy dress competition. Details at leeds-castle.com

SPOOKY SPECTACULAR, REINDEER CENTRE, BETHERSDEN

The Spooky Spectacular runs until Thursday, October 31. Young visitors can meet all the Creepy Critters in the reptile area; try some pumpkin activities and join the Monster Mash Dance on stage with all the other monsters and witches. There will be two tunnels of terrors, and prizes for young visitors who come in the best fancy dress of the day. Entry is £6 and £7.50 for children which includes a Halloween gift. Details at reindeercentre.co.uk

HALF TERM FUN, HOP FARM FAMILY PARK, PADDOCK WOOD

Treat the kids to a spook-tastic feast of fun during half term with activities running until Sunday, October 27. Half Term Fun at the Farm in Beltring, Paddock Wood, will feature some great indoor entertainment including pumpkin carving, a best-dressed competition, ghoulish face painting, challenges with treatsfor the winners, creepy story telling, magic shows, a magic castle and the animal farm. Find out more at thehopfarm.co.uk/events orcall 01622 872068.

Dig out those Halloween costumes
Dig out those Halloween costumes

SPOOKY CASTLE & CREEPY CRITTERS, DOVER CASTLE

Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly good day out at the castle for half term until Sunday, October 27. Between 10am and 4pm daily there will be hands-on creepy crafts, fancy dress contests and the chance to meet creepy crawlies. Details at english-heritage.org.uk/dovercastle

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR, KENT LIFE, SANDLING, MAIDSTONE

Kent Life’s family fun includes pumpkin carving, a creepy cuddle corner, spooky farm rides and daily fancy dress competitions until Sunday, October 27. There are also plans for a new Big Top show.More at kentlife.org.uk

GET SPOOKED, DREAMLAND, MARGATE

There'll be a family friendly maze for the brave and not so brave at the amusement park in Margate for half term. There’s also ghoulish party games, a devilish disco and spooky crafts and activities, running until Sunday, October 27. Dressing up is encouraged and alongside a host of rides is a special creepy crawlies experience. The park is free to enter and will be open daily from 11am to 5pm. Details at dreamland.co.uk

Get Spooked at Dreamland Picture: Marc Sethi
Get Spooked at Dreamland Picture: Marc Sethi

HALLOWEEN FUN, HEVER CASTLE

There'll be ghostly storytelling in the ghost catcher’s lair and a scarecrow scavenger hunt around the grounds or spotting bats in the castle this half term until Thursday, October 31. Visitors can enjoy a sweet treat at a biscuit decorating workshop for a small extra charge. Book at hevercastle.co.uk

ENCHANTED DOCKYARD, CHATHAM

A mystical garden and seasonal crafts await at the Historic Dockyard’s No.1 Smithery until Sunday, October 27. Visitors can make their own magic wands; carve pumpkins and make gooey slime, for a small extra cost, and creep through to the world of the dockyard’s fairies and mystical creatures. Book at thedockyard.co.uk

HALF TERM, RARE BREEDS CENTRE

There's a free pantomime in Benson Barn, the Yeti Hunt in the main paddock a Spooks Trail with a sweet treat at the end. The fun at the centre in Woodchurch, Ashford runs until Sunday, October 27. Details at rarebreeds.org.uk

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN MUSICAL, GROOMBRIDGE PLACE

Spooky characters will be taking to the stage in the outdoor forest theatre at Groombridge Place for half term through to to Sunday, November 3. The Spooky Halloween Musical in the Enchanted Forest will have songs from films including the Addams Family and Little Shop of Horrors, and there will also be a spider show to get up close to. Details at groombridgeplace.com

HALF TERM ARTS & CRAFTS, NATIONAL TRUST

At Ightham Mote, near Borough Green there’s a owl trail until Sunday, October 27 with stories written by children from the New Beacon and Dunton Green Primary Schools. The price is £2.50, with normal admission fees. Find out more at nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast

HALF TERM, ROYAL VICTORIA PLACE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Besides the interactive and fun story telling sessions sessions throughout half term at the centre featuring Shaun the Sheep, PJ Masks Hero Trail on Sunday, October 27 when parking is just £2. Details at royalvictoriaplace.com

SPOOKY CASTLE, WALMER CASTLE

There’s a frighteningly fun day out awaiting at Spooky Castle, running until Sunday, October 27 from 10am to 4pm. Let your little horrors scare themselves silly with activities and ghost hunting.Dress in your creepy finest for the chance to win a prize. More at english-heritage.org.uk/walmercastle

Spooky Castle at Dover Castle and Walmer Castle
Spooky Castle at Dover Castle and Walmer Castle

WITCHES & WIZARDS, PENSHURST PLACE

Half term week until Sunday, October 27 includes a Willow the Witch trail; storytelling by the Wicked Witch of the Wild Wood and her spooky stories in her forest lair until Friday, October 25 and there will be a potions and spells workshop on Saturday, October 26. There will be a School for Witches and Wizards panto-style presentation and a Hands on History session on Sunday, October 27 with the Potion Masters From History. There are also crafts in the Craft Barn.Details at penshurstplace.com/whats-on.

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